ICCL Human Rights Film Awards 2016
Migrant Movie Scoops Top Film Award in ICCL Human Rights Film Awards
Caoimhe Butterly was awarded the Grand Prize at the eighth annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, which was held in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on June 30th 2016.
Butterly was honoured with the award for her short documentary The Border - an emotive and stark examination of life at the Idomeni border crossing in Greece. The documentary highlights the dislocation and uncertainty of the over 12,000 women, men and children stranded at Idomeni. The Border shows us the real impact of European border closures and brings us the voices of those most directly affected. In the context of ongoing tragedy in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, where smuggling networks continue to ply their deplorable trade, The Border is a clear and considered portrait of people who are so often “other-ed” by media representations that homogenise and delegitimize a multitude of human narratives and lived experiences.
The ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Gala, which was held in a full house in Screen 1 of the Light House Cinema, saw second place prize go to Backlash: The War on Human Rights, a documentary that looks at concerted attacks by the governments on critical voices and human rights defenders around the world. Director Ciaran O’Connor tells the stories of the people and organizations who are in the direct firing line, revealing the personal impact on those working on the front lines.
The ICCL Human Rights Film Awards was made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign which raised over €4,000.
Photos from the night are available to view here.
The 2016 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards shortlist is the cream of entries to this year’s competition. The shortlist makes for captivating viewing, and gives creative life to urgent human rights issues facing the world today.
Backlash: The War on Human Rights
Directors: Nuala Cunningham & Ciaran O’Connor
Violence against human rights defenders is not new, but this documentary looks beyond individual attacks to highlight the alarmingly concerted attack by the powerful on the very idea of human rights. All around the world, Governments increasingly attempt to suppress critical voices and repress and discredit the work of NGOs and human rights defenders. To capture and convey the true extent of this complex issue, Director Ciaran O’Connor tells the stories of the people and organisations who are in the direct firing line, revealing the personal impact on those working on the ground all around the world.
The trailer for Backlash can be viewed here.
Director: James Doherty
Located in the heart of the Travelling community, Breathe tells the story of a father struggling to come to terms with his son’s emerging gender identity. Breathe explores the themes of acceptance as we follow a father’s transformation from being a resistant force succumbing to the expectations of a patriarchal society and the memory of his own violent father to accepting his son for who he is. Working with Traveller actors, Traveller’s Right groups and filming in Ireland, Director James Doherty has brought a raw aesthetic to the story, capturing the Travelling community in an accurate and respectful portrayal.
The trailer for BREATHE can be viewed here.
Sumud: Everyday Resistance
Directors: Emmet Sheerin & Bryan Duffy
Sumud: Everyday Resistance examines life under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank through the stories of Palestinian women. While the documentary does examine human rights abuses, it also focuses on non-violent resistance by Palestinian communities. Seeing women as drivers of change, the film highlights aspect of Palestinian life in a way that presents its subjects not as victims, but as proactive, engaged, and dignified. The documentary takes its title from the Palestinian concept ‘sumud’ (literally translated as ‘steadfastness’), which speaks to the Palestinians’ steadfast commitment to their homeland, and their determination to vindicate their rights.
The trailer for BREATHE can be viewed here.
Director: Caoimhe Butterly
Filmed at the Idomeni border crossing in Northern Greece in April 2016, Caoimhe Butterly’s documentary starkly highlights the dislocation and uncertainty of the over 12,000 women, men and children who were stranded there. The Border shows us the real impact of European border closures, and brings us the voices of those most directly affected. In the context of continuing tragedy in the Agean and Medeterranean seas, where smuggling networks continue to ply their deplorable trade, The Border is a clear and considered portrayal of people who are so often “Other-ed” by media representations that homogenise – and delegitimize – a multitude of human narratives and lived experiences.
The Border can be viewed here.
Directors: Masood Eslami & Qafar Azad
Swap, directed by Kabul based writer and director Masood Eslami tells the story of an Afghan family with two daughters who are managing their family’s wellbeing in a country where conflict is never far from the surface. Highlighting the issue of violence against women, Swap tells the story of a child bride married to an old man to secure the safety and security of her family. The relationship between violence against women and war is explored in this intense short film.